The Trusted Confidant (2007–…): Season 1, Episode 6 - Shikan he no michi - full transcript

Baigaku Shoho, the future Imagawa
Yoshimoto, won the Hanagura Revolt,

which was a family
feud in the Imagawa clan.

The pivot of the decisive
battle lies with...

...the Takeda.


The deciding factor to the
battle was the Takeda.

The Takeda, who were supposed to
send aid to Kushima, suddenly did not.

We will not participate in battle.

The defeated Kushima
force fled Suruga.

Kansuke, who was waiting for his
chance to kill Takeda Nobutora,

was also left disappointed.


You should live.



A sad farewell with his brother,
who had become his enemy, awaited.

"Swift as the wind"

"Silent as the forest"

"Conquer like the fire"

"Unmovable as the mountain"


Episode 6:

Original Story by:
INOUE Yasushi

Screenplay by:

Music by:

Theme Music Performed by: NHK Symphony Orchestra
Theme Music Conductor: TAKASEKI Ken
Performed by: The Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra

Title Letters by: KAKINUMA Koji
Narrator: KAGAMI Sachiko

Period Consultant: SHIBATSUJI Shunroku
Customs Consultant: FUTAKI Kenichi
Architecture Consultant: HIRAI Kiyoshi
Wardrobe Consultant: KOIZUMI Kiyoko

Sword Fighting/Martial Arts Coach: HAYASHI Kunishiro
Conduct Coach: NISHIKAWA Minosuke
Horse-Riding Coaches: TANAKA Mitsunori, TSUJII Keiji

Japanese Music Coach: HONJO Shotaro
Imperial Palace Dialect Coach: HORII Reiichi
Kyoto Dialect Coach: INOUE Yukiko
Yamanashi Dialect Coach: KASAI Kazuhiko


UCHINO Masaaki

TAKEDA Harunobu:


OBU Toramasa:

OYAMADA Nobuari:
TANABE Seiichi

IMAGAWA Yoshimoto:

MAEJIMA Masakatsu: SHIONOYA Masayuki

AOKI Daizen: SHIHODO Wataru
IHARA Yukimasa: SEGAWA Ryo

YAMAMOTO Sadahisa (flashback):

KUSHIMA Echizen-no-kami:
Terry ITO

ASADA Miyoko

HONMA Goshu: NAGAE Hidekazu
MATSUDA Shichirozaemon: SAKAKI Hideo

GENKO Etan (flashback): IGAWA Tetsuya



Photographed in Cooperation with:
Yamanishi Prefecture
Nagano Prefecture

Tono City in Iwate Prefecture
Oshu City in Iwate Prefecture
Aizuwakamatsu City in Fukushima Prefecture
Inawashiro Town in Fukushima Prefecture
Tsukubamirai City in Ibaraki Prefecture
Hokuto City in Yamanashi Prefecture

ITAGAKI Nobukata:
CHIBA Shinichi

AMARI Torayasu:
RYU Raita

HOJO Ujitsuna:

SHIMIZU Yoshimasa:

TAIGEN Sufu Sessai:
IBU Masato

IHARA Tadatane:

MUROZUMI Torasada:
KATO Takeshi

Lady OI:


TAKEDA Nobutora:

Executive Producer:

Art Direction by: AOKI Masakazu
Technology: KAWASAKI Kazuhiko
Sound Effects: IMAI Hiroshi
Continuity: SATO Hideki
Editor: ABE Tadashi

Photography by: TAME Akihiro
Lighting by: NAKAYAMA Shigeo
Audio: SANGA Masaru
Image Art: TANIMOTO Masahiro
Art Direction Manager: TAKAHASHI Hideki

Directed by:
ISO Tomoaki

JUNE, 1536




Why didn't Takeda participate?
Why did they betray Kushima?

Did Itagaki tell you anything?

I don't know anything.

Is that the truth?

Sir Itagaki thought we were
going to Suruga to battle, too.

Are you saying Itagaki
didn't know about it either?

That's right.

Weren't you supposed to have
reported it to Sir Itagaki?

What were you doing in Suruga?

I'm not returning to the Takeda.

Are you going to betray Sir Itagaki?

I killed my older brother...

to avenge Mitsu.

I killed my older brother, who
had allied with the Takeda,

but my older brother was
betrayed by the Takeda.

I can't stop going after
the Takeda at this point.

You went that far for Mitsu?

It has nothing to do with you.

I'm going.

A priest named Sessai came to Kai.

He met with the lord
at the temple in Gunnai.

Sir Oyamada of Gunnai
accompanied him to the meeting.

That's all I know.



An urgent letter was sent to Takeda
Nobutora from the Imagawa in Suruga.

You are not allowed to shelter
any Kushima soldiers

who have revolted in Suruga
and have fled to Kai!

Kill anyone who helps
the defeated soldiers!

Sir Kushima, you'll have
to flee to another province.

When the Hojo in Sagami learn
about the recent alliance

between the Takeda and Imagawa,
they will surely side with you.

I'll do everything I can to
help you flee to Sagami.

Reporting! Oyamada has sent pursuers.


Kill anyone that stands in the way!
Set fire to the mansion!


Oyamada, what is going on here?

We know that you've sheltered Kushima!

We are here under the lord's order!

Are you Sir Kushima?
I am under orders to kill you!

Sir Kushima!


Harunobu, wait!



Young Lord!

What do you plan to do with Maejima?


You must not kill Maejima!

Young Lord, Maejima went
against the lord's order.

Letting his emotions get the best of him...

That's not true!

Father, didn't you heed his advice
and prepare to engage in battle?

Everyone within the clan knows that.

If you go back on your word and
kill Maejima, what will people think?

They'll think you conspired against
your own and killed him.

Which means, in the future,

there will be no one to remonstrate
you for your own good.

It won't benefit you or Kai province.

I advise you to be magnanimous this time.

Please forgive him.

I'll forgive, this time.

Thank you. Maejima will be overjoyed.

I meant, I'll forgive you this time.

You will be taking a wife soon.

Keep that in mind.

If you have time to inform
him of silly things,

prepare for the wedding.

June of that year, the entire
Maejima family was ordered

to hara-kiri for defying the lord's
order. Or so it is recorded.

What do you want?

Why did you hide it from us?

What are you talking about?

We all know that you were in secret communication
with Imagawa and had conspired everything!

I did not commit treason.


Making peace with the Imagawa
is a big event to the clan.

Yet, you hid that fact from us,
councilors, and conspired in the back.

That is truly unforgivable!

Amari, are you upset that I outshined you?



Stop! I don't want to see
any useless bloodshed!

Oyamada, if you had told us about it,

that wouldn't have happened to Maejima.

If Kushima had found out and submitted,
then all would've been for naught.

Oyamada, have you no faith in us?

The lord is happy about it.
Isn't that enough?

When you go overboard, you
bring disorder within the clan.

It isn't loyalty, but morality.

Now that we are free from the
anxieties of our future, namely Suruga,

the Takeda can concentrate
on the invasion of Shinano.

I did it all for Kai.


Peace between Kai and Suruga?

Is that what the new lord is thinking?

No, definitely not!

As you said, Sessai may have stepped in
to ride us through the Hanagura Revolt.

But he has no plans of making peace
with the Takeda hereafter.

What makes you say that?

Listen. The Hojo in Sagami are
a sworn enemy to the Takeda.

By joining hands with the Takeda,
we'll be taking on the Hojo as an enemy.

The Imagawa won't annul
their peace with the Hojo.

The Hojo or Takeda... Who
does the new lord fear more?

It doesn't matter what the lord thinks.
Lady Jukei-ni won't allow it.

Lady Jukei-ni?

That's right.

Kansuke, Lady Jukei-ni was worried about you.

She wants you to serve the new lord.

Sir Ihara, I appreciate that.

I'm happy for you.

If you can restore the
Yamamoto name in Suruga,

it'll become a great honor to you.


Baigaku Shoho, who rose victorious
in the family succession battle,

returned to secular life, and had
become the lord of Suruga province.

Taking a character from Shogun
Ashikaga Yoshiharu's name,

he changed his name to
Imagawa Yoshimoto.

Are you Yamamoto Kansuke?


I heard you contributed extraordinarily
in the Hanagura Revolt.

Thank you for your hard work.

You're welcome. I am honored.

Face me.

Kansuke, you can have all the reward
you desire for your hard work.

Name it.

I would like to humbly decline.

Just name it, as I said.

Don't feel inferior because
of your ronin status.

In that case...

I would like to gain employment
with the Imagawa clan.

Then continue to serve Ihara Awa,
for the sake of Suruga.

I don't want to serve Sir Ihara,
I want to be a direct vassal under you.

And look at that face of yours everyday?!

I told you to face me.

But your one eye is defying me.

It's dangerous to trust a man like that.

Yoshimoto! Watch your manners!

Lord, he seems quite prudent.
He might be good as a spy.

A spy? Sessai, are you suggesting
that we use him as a spy?

How eccentric. Will you
look at his face?

After one time, no one will forget that face.

It's a face that will scare people.
He won't be suited as a spy.

Lord, please take a good look at my face!

I, Yamamoto Kansuke, shall be loyal to you!

If you desire the country,
I shall get it for you.

I'll have the Imagawa flag hoisted in Kyoto!

Please employ me!

Please forgive me for my rudeness!

I heard you are good at
reading people's minds.

Can you read mine?

The entertainment ends here.

Kansuke, face me.

The lord is young, so please forgive him.

There will surely be a time
when he'll need your help.


The lord recognizes your strength.

He ordered me to keep you in Suruga.

What am I? Your overseer?

Sir Ihara...

He gave Sir Okabe a letter of commendation
for the battle at Hanagura,

but none to you or me.

If I am around, I will
only cause you trouble.

It's all right.
I don't mind.

Kansuke, I don't know what
happened in Kai, but...

you should discard your
grudge against the Takeda.


The lord has made peace
with the Takeda, after all.

That is why the Takeda did not
participate in the battle this time.

Will the peace be maintained hereafter?

The Takeda heir will be
getting married shortly.

With Lady Jukei-ni's mediation,
he'll be marrying a noble princess.

If Lady Jukei-ni consents it,
there's nothing we can do about it.

You can't defeat the Takeda
with grudge alone, Yamamoto Kansuke.

JULY, 1536

Lady Sanjo, the noble princess,
wedded into Kai in July of that year.

Take a break.

Princess, isn't it beautiful?

Isn't Sacred Mt. Fuji breathtaking?

Ever since the Onin War,

in the capital of Kyoto,
where Lady Sanjo grew up,

the Shogunate family's authority had
deteriorated, and the battles continued.

The people were starving and there
was complete public disorder.

Some elegantly proud nobles sought the help
of regional warring lords and left Kyoto.

Even the Sanjo family, where this princess
is from, was not an exception to it.

As much as they may have
fallen, the nobles still held

a far higher status than
the warring Daimyo lords.

To the lords who were conscious of
decorative lineage, having a bond with

the nobles of the elegant Kyoto, was
of great incentive for going to Kyoto.

In a world like that, these two
who were born in the same year,

would meet each other for the first time,

and without knowing each other at all,
welcome their wedding day.

This is the garden that my father made.

He built it to resemble Ginkaku in Kyoto.

Princess, do you think you can manage in Kai?

Well... I don't know.

You don't know?

Is that how the women of Kyoto
hide their feelings?


Or, are you just amusing?

But the marriage is
basically a political one.

Yes, it is, and that is my fate.

To accept it or not, is my decision.

That's why it doesn't bother me.

You are a strong person.

That again, depends on how I take it.

I have various issues at heart.

I could talk with you all night long.

I have one comment to make.

Kai is a very nice place.

I'm glad to hear that.

Compared to the dilapidated
Kyoto, anywhere is better.

You'll soon find out that Kai
is not a peaceful land, either.


My father is forever focused on battles.

Young Lord, are you focused
on your studies and poems?

Let me finish what I have to say.


I'll eventually become like him.

As much as I wouldn't want to,
I'll have to focus on battles.

When that time comes, I'll need you
to help me focus on battles.


You'll need to produce many children.


Don't look so intent, as if
you are going out to battle.

A ruler must not engage
in battles for personal gain,

but there'll be times when he'll
feel he must return home alive.

I want you to become that will,
of wanting to return home alive.

Do you understand what I am saying?

To accept your partner in the political
marriage as your fateful one, is up to you.

To build the country, is also up to you.

The country that I'm going to build
with you, must be a good one.

Young Lord, I shall love you forever.


Kansuke, who burned with furious
revenge against the Takeda,

was not able to find a new clan
to gain employment with.


Who are you?

Aoki Daizen, a mere ronin.

What do you want?

I remember you, with your one eye.

Didn't we meet at Hanagura?

Aren't you an Imagawa vassal?

What do you want?

Will you recommend me to the Imagawa?

I want to gain employment with them.

I'm skilled at fencing. I could
prove it to you in a match.

Aren't you a Hojo vassal?

I'm completely disgusted with the Hojo.

Is the lord someone you'd
get disgusted with?

He's a fool!

What did you do?

Nothing much.

The Young Lord found out about
our "randori" in Hanagura.

He had issued an order forbidding it.

How can he expect us to fight in
battles without taking any women?

Is that why you call him a fool?

That's right. He doesn't even realize
there's an enemy's spy within.

Who's the spy?

Never mind that! Are you going
to recommend me or not?

I could. What is that vassal's name?

Honma Goshu. He used to serve
Uesugi Norimasa before.

He was banished for breaking the
edict forbidding deer hunting.

He fled to Odawara and was hired
as the Chief of Foot Soldiers.

But in actuality, he's in secret
contact with the Uesugi in Joshu.

Are you certain of it?

Yes, I'm certain.

To be honest, I was banished
from the Uesugi myself.

Are we going to the mansion in Sunpu?

Are you strong?

It's like asking a horse if it can run.

Can you defeat them?

Who are they?

Let's see how strong you are.

If you make it out of here alive,
I'll see you at the mansion in Sunpu.

Hey, wait!

Kansuke disappeared?

Where did he go?


I'm heading to Odawara!




We received a messenger from
Matsuda Shichirozaemon.

He wants the Young Lord to visit
him when he has a chance.

Shichirozaemon wants me to go over?


Young Lord!

Thank you for coming right away.

What is it? Are you going to
teach me something new?

No, actually...

Let's take a short break.

There's someone I want you to meet.

Who is it?

It's someone who insisted on seeing
you and was giving me trouble.

You needn't be troubled
anymore. Who is it?

He's a ronin.


Come out!

I am Yamamoto Kansuke.
Pleased to meet you.

Yamamoto Kansuke?

What does a ronin want?

He wants to gain employment
with the clan.

He heard I was the fencing instructor
to the Hojo heir, so he sought me out.

He has his own style,
but he's pretty tough.

He's beaten everyone here.

Aren't you seriously injured?

It's something I was born with.

And you want to gain employment
in that condition?

I have something to warn you about.

Warn me? What is it?

I can't say it here.

It's alright. Just say it.

There may be a spy within the clan.



Who is it?

Honma Goshu.

He used to serve the Uesugi before.

I heard he's still in contact
with the Uesugi.

Are you saying that the
rumor you heard is true?

If you wish, I can find
out the truth for you.

All right.

Shimizu, let us head over
to Honma Goshu's place.

You come, too.

If I ask him directly, it won't
take a couple hours to find out.

Young Lord!

If he's lying, you won't get away with it.

I'll have you behead him.

Honma Goshu, I am here
to ask you something.

Are you in secret contact
with Uesugi Norimasa?

Well? I'm asking you if you are
in secret contact with him.

I don't know how to answer that.

You don't?

Kansuke, he said he doesn't know.
What are you going to say to that?

Can you figure out the truth?

I understand. It is my defeat.

I'm not asking if you've won or lost.
What do you understand?

Young Lord, you knew about it,
so you've already worked on him.

So you're not stupid.

It's as you say. He's been
relaying information about our clan.


The lord should not be taken lightly.

What else? What about his heir?

He's unskilled in martial arts,
and is engrossed in poetry.

The Hojo clan will meet with eventual doom.

It's important to get the enemy off guard.

Kansuke, as for your disposition...

Now that you know
what is really going on,

if I set you free, without employing
you, Honma will go after your life.

Will you dispose of him first?

If I do that, your men will kill me.

What will you do then?

I'll leave my life in your hands.

Do as you wish with me.

Shichirozaemon must be worried.

Shimizu, let's go back.
We'll finish our talk there.


Young Lord!

Why, it's Hikojuro!

Did you come to get lessons
from Shichirozaemon?

He shows a lot of potential.

Young Lord, that man...

What is it? He's a ronin.

He serves the Imagawa!

I would never forget his face!

He attacked my father at Hanagura!

Father! Please escape!


He was the son of Kushima Echizen,
who was defeated at Hanagura.

The Hojo were protecting Kushima's
heir, who had fled from Hanagura.

I do not serve the Imagawa!

You're lying!

It's true!

I only participated in
the battle as a ronin!


I heard there was a one-eyed warrior
that was limping at Hanagura camp.

He staged the attack on the castle
and brought it down very quickly.

I did it to repay an Imagawa
vassal that I was indebted to.

I participated in the battle
to defeat the Takeda.


I heard that Kushima had joined
hands with the Takeda.

That is why I participated in it.

You're just making excuses
to save your life!

I'm speaking the truth.

Are you telling me to see
through the truth?

I, Yamamoto Kansuke, feel you are
the only one who can defeat Takeda!

I would like to serve you!

Episode 6:
The End


Are you saying that
you want my grudge?

If you want to defeat the Takeda, abandon
your grudge and focus on your ambition.

You'll be going to your first battle.

So we're finally going
to make our move.

Lord, aren't you feeling lonely, too?


I'll distinguish myself
in my first battle.

Just be sure to come back.

Kansuke, please help my husband.



Odawara is a castle town that was governed by the Hojo
during the warring era, for five generations over 100 years.

During the reign of the third lord, Ujiyasu
it prospered as the liveliest town in the Kanto region.

Odawara is a castle city surrounded by moats
and earth walls extending 9 km in perimeter.

Not even Takeda Shingen or Uesugi
Kenshin could successfully invade it.

Yunomachi, Hakone,
lies west of Odawara.

This is where the Hojo family temple,
Soun-ji Temple stands.

During the warring era, when
there were domestic discords,

the Hojo lords followed the early teachings
and placed emphasis on family bonds.

The five generation of lords
lie peacefully here.

Access to Odawawa Castle
From Odawara Station on JR
Odakyu Line, walk 10 minutes
Access to Soun-ji Temple
From Hakone Yumoto Station on Odakyu line,
walk 15 minutes

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